Baby Jet,as he is affectionately called by his Fans is No more the highest paid player in the Chinese super league.This comes at a time when Brazilian, Hulk and Italian forward Graziano Pelle joined the league.Hulk signed for Asamoah Gyan’s current team Shanghai SIPG just this summer for a transfer record €56 million.
Hulk is reported to have agreed an annual salary of £16.5m before bonuses, which would make him the Chinese Super Leagues’s best-paid player and will also make him the third highest paid player in the world. Meanwhile,Graziano Pelle will become the sixth-best paid player on the planet in terms of wages, making over £260,000 a week
The CSL has attracted several big names in recent months, with Liverpool target Alex Teixeira opting to move to China from Shakhtar Donetsk in a €50 million deal in February. Roma’s Gervinho, Jackson Martinez of Atletico Madrid and Chelsea midfielder Ramires have moved to China too. Demba Ba and Argentina international Ezequiel Lavezzi are also now playing in the league.
2. Lionel Messi – Barcelona: £17m-a-Year
3. Hulk – Shanghai SIPG: £16.5m-a-Year
4. Neymar – Barcelona: £15m-a-Year
5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United: £13m-a-Year
6. Graziano Pelle – Shandong Luneng: £12.5m-a-Year
7. Asamoah Gyan – Shanghai SIPG: £11.8m-a-Year
8. Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich: £11.5m a-Year
9. Ezequiel Lavezzi – Hebai China Fortune: £10.5m a-Year
10. Jackson Martinez – Guangzhou: £10m-a-Year